Controlling a gigantic portion of Cuba related internet traffic has just become a unique commodity that the Cuba digital media corporation Travelucion is relishing. The company’s colossal group of 432 multilingual web properties seemingly dominating each and every internet search. Everything from the life of enigmatic American writer Ernest Hemingway in Cuba, to reserving a [...]
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2014 has been a tough year for travel companies dealing with Cuba. Firstly, the shift away from centralized hotel bookings has seen Cuba’s MINTUR tourism ministry ratchet up direct sales of hotels through Amadeus and locally managed hotel portals.
The second step in this move will see those operating websites purporting to be Cuban hotels having [...]
On the 6th of May this year’s FITCuba will commence, once again held at the Morro Cabaña Castle in Havana Cuba, where it has been held for the past 9 years. Cuba’s annual MICE event is chaired by the top brass of the Ministry of Tourism or MINTUR. The Cuban tourism convention is designed to [...]
For over two decades Cuba has been one of the worlds few destinations where in order to receive a hotel confirmation, one had to prepay the whole stay, days, weeks or months in advance. Some visitors having prepaid thousands for a hotel stay in Cuba six months or more in advance. But not any longer!
A lot can happen in a decade, both in politics and business. During my initial visit to Cuba, Tour & Marketing was flying high, its staff a picture of happiness and success. After talking with Elba Castillo, their sales manager and Eddie Lubbers hotel sales manager, about the company’s internet travel business, I recall wandering [...]
The death of President Chavez may not be the blow to the Cuban economy some experts are claiming. Admittedly, Cuba has become heavily dependent on its Caribbean neighbor over the past 10 years, however, recent figures show that tourism could become Cuba´s saving grace as bookings skyrocket and most of the country is overbooked for [...]
This all started with Senator Marco Rubio who recently slammed the Obama administrations travel openings in the United States senate. Here is an excerpt of his floor speech:
“When I look at this stuff, you know what I want to say? Come on, man! This is about promoting democracy and freedom in Cuba? This is not [...]
In our recent article concerning the introduction, then slow winding back of liberties in Cuba, we offered evidence that Raul Castro was simply opening the door (again) due to the Pope´s visit. Much like his brother did a decade earlier. The door snapped shut about 1 year after the Pope had left in Fidel’s case. [...]
Behind the polished image of Cuba´s MINTUR (ministry of tourism) and their recent Autentica Cuba campaign lurks a sinister black market, or so we are told.
Seldom do professionals from the travel industry in Cuba speak out and, less so when they are foreign travel professionals located on the island. Historically, fearful of government reprisals, many [...]
As the Christmas season approaches many of you are looking for Car Rental in Cuba. We´ve compiled this from recommendations at Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet, Trivago, Amadeus.
Car Rental in Cuba from USA
Here is a short comparison of some of the Cuba Car Rental Companies who offer online reservations.
Transtur Rent A Car - http://www.transturrentacar.com/
Car Rental [...]
The newly re-opened (April 2008) boutique property, Hotel Marques de Prado Ameno, is located on O'Reilly Steet metres from Obispo Street and nearby Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral and Parque Central squares. The hotel is named after the prominent family that lived there and turned the colonial 19th century mansion into a hotel. [...]
Saratoga Hotel is an elegant eclectic construction with neoclassic style tendency, placed in an intersection of privilege in Old of Havana City, the corner of “Prado” Avenue and “Dragones”. Located in front of the “Capitolio Nacional” and “El Parque de la Fraternidad”, it has in addition a attractive view to the prestigious “Partagás” Cigars Factory [...]
Very close to the Old and the St. Francis of Assisi's Squares, the elegant Raquel hotel recreates the magic of the Hebrew culture and pays homage, by its symbolism, to the female figure, beauty and love. All this is favored by the romantic atmosphere of the prevailing Art Nouveau style of the building, though it [...]
An elegant big house from the 18th century, very near the Plaza Vieja, it opened doors turned into a welcoming inn where the motivating combination of modern and ancient elements is a motive to extol the originality of its attractive design. This house of noble race, built by the progenitors of Gabriel Beltrán de Santa [...]
Tejadillo hotel, an authentic colonial guest house can be found opening the magnificent gates of Hostal Tejadillo. Its decoration is characterized by bright color paintings of different textures showing the eclectic Havana, unique pottery and travelers turned into copper statues. Its wide and illuminated lobby resembles the attracting hall of a [...]
In the very historic heart of Havana. Exceptional for its intimacy and the silence provided by the atmosphere of its inner halls, "El Comendador" is an excellent hotel for retirement and meditation. Its sober furniture includes very simple Renaissance-style elements and some original pieces from Cuba's patrimony, which are combined to meet the needs for [...]
On a corner on Havana's Avenida del Puerto stands the majestic Armadores de Santander Hotel, which architectural style and decoration resemble the buildings from that beautiful maritime province in Spain. Santander’s coat of arm decorates the façade of the edifice. Big lanterns, like those used in ancient vessels, hang from the ceiling in the spacious [...]
In the norrow alleys of Old Havana, the Los Frailes Hotel rises just a few steps away from the majestic convent of San Francisco de Asis and the populous Old Square.Right at the entrance a copper sculpture of a monk welcomes visitors inviting them into an inmaginary trip to a medieval abbey.
Teniente Rey No 8 [...]
From its privileged location in Havana_amp_#39;s historical center, The Meson de la Flota, offers intimacy and comfort at reasonable prices. Enjoy the intimacy of this hotel, with just five rooms! The colonial decor, the cast iron lamps and the richly worked colonial fences together help to recreate Havana_amp_#39;s magical past. Experience it!
Calle de los Mercaderes [...]
Palacio O’Farrill Hotel, located on a corner in Old Havana, near the picturesque Bay of Havana and Cathedral Square, is a perfect example of neoclassical architecture, in vogue at the dawn of the 19th century. This mansion, awarded a Class 1 Heritage Degree, has recently been extensively restored and refurbished by the City Historian’s Office. [...]